Artists on Friday began the installation of EcoSculpt, a sculpture exhibit and competition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Duke Energy and the Fountain Square Management group are sponsoring the three-week exhibit, which will feature the work of 11 artists using only recycled and recyclable materials.
This year's artists, selected from concepts solicited last month, include:
- Tom Tsuchiya,"Atlas Recycled", using outdated atlases and maps to create a sculpture of Atlas supporting the Earth;
- Christopher Daniel, "Vitro House", a card house made of reclaimed glass windows;
- Michael Lakoff, "Yard Art on the Square", made of recycled garden magazine photos embellished with ceramic shards and bottle caps;
- Isabella King and family, "Aluminum Anomaly", a spring fantasy of grass, flowers, trees, and birds made entirely of pop cans;
- Robert Beemon, "Homage to King Records", a shrine honoring the artists who made records for the King-Federal labels in Cincinnati between the 1940s and the 1970s;
- Rachel E. Argo, "The Eye of Providence", composed of hangers arranged in triangles, the arranged together as equilateral pyramids;
- Jim Crosser and volunteers, "Unbound", using bamboo to tell a story of freedom;
- Carrie Turner, "Pop Waterfall", a waterfall composed of pop cans;
- Pam Fellerhoff, Nicole Reblando, Heather Curless and Sands Montessori School, "Bags in Bloom", using plastic food bags to construct 10-foot flowers;
- Kevin White and Jan Hermans, "Angry Alligator", a large, brightly painted alligator with ferocious aluminum teeth and large light fixture eyes; and
- Janet Phelps Osmond and advanced sculpture students from Deer Park High School, "The Fiddle and the Magician", made of CD discs and old cassette tapes.
Winners will be announced during a noontime event on Fountain Square on Earth Day, April 22.
The exhibit closes on April 29.
Photos courtesy of 5chw4r7z, the ethos of downtown Cincinnati.